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Old 05-12-2011, 06:01 PM   #92 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by zonker View Post
I loved the previous generation Ka and was sad they never offered it here.

As for the 500, I recall that our base version weighs 2360lbs and the 1.4L EU model is 2046 lbs.

a couple blurbs from various publications about our version:

Legal requirements forced many changes to the 500. For example since European plates are wider and shorter than ours, Fiat had to re-engineer the front and rear fascias to accommodate American license plates.(screw holes) Engineers also had to rework the A-pillar trim (Trim not structure) due to differences in crash safety standards, and increase the size of the windshield wipers to meet US guidelines requiring more windshield coverage. And of course the infamous “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” warning had to be added to US-spec side mirrors in order to meet federal regulations.(life changing!)

Some changes satisfy consumer demand rather than legal requirements. Americans tend to travel longer distances than Europeans, so all US 500s will have cruise control, which is not standard on European models. Americans tend to enjoy slurping sodas and coffee on the go, so Fiat also increased the cupholder size for US cars. Most importantly, Fiat has never offered a true automatic transmission on the 500 in Europe, since Europeans still favor manual transmissions. But Fiat decided that for the 500 to be a success in the States, it needed a conventional automatic.

Changes for the United States include:

* Redesigned body structure for increased strength
* Retuned suspension (softer)
* Over 20 hardware modifications/additions for improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)(heavier sound deadening)
* New four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system (ABS) with redesigned front calipers(those used on the abarth - to stop the extra weight)
* Larger 10.5-gallon fuel tank
* New gearing for the five speed manual transmission and a new six speed automatic
* Use of a MAP sensor instead of a mass airflow sensor
* Upgraded heating and cooling system for North American climate extremes(sucks more power )
* Redesigned driver and front-passenger seats with a new armrest and seat cushion(sorry to say it but....wider?)
* Easy-entry system designed into the new front seats
* New steering wheel controls and revised steering calibration to increase stability at highway speed (against crosswinds)(numbed out from the wobble thanks to the softer ride)
* Revised stability control with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), anti-lock brake system (ABS) and traction control systems (TCS) to control all four wheels in response to yaw and steering input; this system attempts to understand and carry out the driver’s intent. (software to help control the softer ride)
* New BOSE® Energy Efficient Series premium audio system features six premium speakers and a subwoofer
shame really its a cracking little car as it is
good things come to those who wait, sh*t turns up pretty much instantly
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